Ex-sheriff’s deputy gets probation for hit-and-run drunk driving

Former Los Angeles County Sheriff's Deputy Michael Anthony Grundy, left, pleaded no contest to DUI and leaving the scene of an accident. His attorney is Mark S. Rafferty
(Al Seib / Los Angeles Times)

A former Los Angeles County Sheriff’s deputy was sentenced to three years probation for driving drunk at twice the legal limit in a January 2011, hitting another car and fleeing the scene.

Michael Anthony Grundy will also have to wear an alcohol-monitoring system for two years and is required to install a breathalyzer lock on any vehicle registered under his name.

Grundy, who was relieved of duty by the Sheriff’s Department when the investigation began, is also barred from owning or possessing firearms. He must also pay $25,816 in restitution to the victim of the crash, who was injured.

Grundy, 47, has completed a 180-day alcohol treatment program.


Grundy was driving with twice the legal amount of alcohol in his blood system and under the influence of another unspecified drug when he hit another car in the middle of a South L.A. intersection.

Grundy fled after the incident, according to prosecutors, but was later found by two fellow deputies and taken back to the scene of the crash, where he was arrested by California Highway Patrol officers.

His sentencing came after pleading no contest to one felony count each of DUI causing injury and hit-and-run.

Prosecutors also said he had previously been arrested for drunk driving in Riverside County in 2005.



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